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Past exhibition

7 December 2016 – 26 March 2017

Admission charge
Location: Sunley Room

‘a fascinating show on an explosive theme’
Evening Standard

Escape the darkness of winter for the light-filled landscapes of the Australian Impressionists in the first UK exhibition of its kind

Showcasing four innovative Australian Impressionist artists, Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, Charles Conder, and John Russell, this exhibition explores Impressionism in an Australian context – closely related to yet entirely distinct from its European counterparts.

From ‘snapshots’ of life in the rapidly teeming cities of Melbourne and Sydney to dazzling landscapes of coast and bushland, the paintings of Roberts, Streeton, and Conder came to epitomise a growing sense of national identity as Australia approached Federation in 1901.

Russell, by contrast, was an Australian expatriate who spent almost his entire career in France, counting Van Gogh, Monet, and Matisse among his friends. Like fellow artists in Australia, Russell embraced plein air painting to capture the fleeting effects of light in the landscape but became increasingly experimental in his use of colour.

Featuring loans from some of Australia’s leading museums and private collections, many of which have never been seen in the UK, this exhibition invites you to reconsider how Impressionism was understood at the time, as an international phenomenon which transformed itself as it travelled the globe.

This exhibition is organised by the National Gallery, in collaboration with Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Exhibition supported by: 

Mr Kerry Stokes AC & Mrs Christine Simpson Stokes,
The Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth Western Australia
Deborah Finkler and Allan Murray-Jones 

Philip Bacon
Sir Michael Hintze AM & Lady Dorothy Hintze

Shaun and Suzanne Kenny
Prue and Alasdair MacLeod
Karyl Nairn QC

Angela Nevill, Nevill Keating Pictures Limited
Mrs Roslyn Packer AC
Denis Savill

Dr Nicola Coldstream
and those who wish to remain anonymous
The Sunley Room exhibition programme is supported by the Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation